FORTUNE’S SON is a great title for a book. At least I thought so when I used that title for my own book. Now there is another FORTUNE’S SON out there by another author, Emery Lee.
Even a casual reader can usually tell whether or not a work of historical fiction is well researched. With FORTUNE’S SON by Emery Lee, there is no doubt. It is obvious that she has fully immersed herself in the Georgian period. Even her writing style reflects that time in history. She must eat, live, and breathe this period.
So many of the events and people she wrote about seemed just too real to be fiction. Turns out, many of them are real people. And many of the events in the book really happened.
When I asked Emery about it she said, “I am so glad you asked me! You are absolutely right about the pugilism match with the giant Venetian gondolier (as reported by Captain Godfrey). Jim Figg truly was a sports promoter and sword master to the aristocracy, and Lord March (later known as the Duke of Queensberry) was a notorious gamester who did indeed win a wager against time with his extraordinary racing chaise pulled by four plate winning race horses.”
Emery said she spent a lot of time reading magazines and books published in the 1700’s. At the end of the book, she gives an extensive bibliography. That is certainly unusual for a historical romance, but it shows she did her homework.
Emery said, “Because I love history (I am a self-professed “Georgian Junkie” and completely enamored of the era), I have made it my goal as a writer to structure as much of my stories as possible with real people and events. While this takes a tremendous amount of effort and certainly adds to the time required to finish a book, I feel that it’s also something that sets me apart as a fiction writer. In the end, my goal is to bring my time period to vivid life in the reader’s mind. This can only be accomplished though meticulous research.”
As for her hero, Phillip, he has more than his share of flaws, but under it all, Emery shows that he is basically a good-hearted man who cannot stand by when others are suffering. In several instances he helps other people at great risk to himself even when there is no reward in it for him.
Emery put Phillip through a lot of suffering himself during the course of the book. I was beginning to think there was no hope for him. Every time things seemed to be looking up, she hit him with another disaster, often of his own making. But like every romance, love triumphs at the end.
As Emery puts it, “In FORTUNE’S SON Philip Drake and Lady Susannah Messingham precariously navigate their way in the high-stakes world of card sharps, courtesans, and the intriguers of Georgian England. Experiencing the agonies and ecstasies of the gaming tables, their tale of passion and drama plays out through heartbreak and loss, before final culmination in redemption and enduring love. With romance and a bit of adventure coupled with a supporting cast of the wits, gamesters, sporting men, and roués of Georgian England, I promise great fun and a riveting read!”
FORTUNE’S SON releases on November 1, 2011 from Sourcebooks Casablanca. For more information, click HERE to go to Emery Lee’s website.